Understanding Telehealth

(aka Telemedicine, Teletherapy or Telepsychiatry)

Sometimes having the time to get to a doctor’s office isn’t feasible. In these cases, patients might turn to Telehealth. This type of video conferencing allows mental health professionals to provide care to patients who are not able to get to their offices. It is also a good option for when a therapist needs to speak with others, such as teachers or family members, who can fill in some blanks related to a patient’s case. 

Telehealth has many benefits. Patients who were asked about their experiences say they were very satisfied with the process and found it to be reliable. They also shared that it made getting to each and every appointment on time that much easier.

What Do I Need to Do?

The main thing you need to do to prepare for a teletherapy appointment is to ensure that you have a private space. You also want to make sure that the device you use has high speed internet and a camera. Four clinic can provide you with the HIPAA-compliant software you need to participate in your appointment. 

 Is Telepsychiatry Safe? 

We always make sure that any appointment that takes place between a patient and one of our therapists is compliant with HIPAA regulations and ensures patient privacy. The software we use to facilitate this teleconferencing encrypts any video and audio, too. 

The Benefits of Teletherapy

Telepsychiatry & teletherapy provide a wide range of benefits to patients seeking quality care. One of the main benefits is that it can lower your stress, saving you commute time and time away from work. This is especially advantageous for patients who see their therapists several times a month or even a week. Telepsychiatry also helps ensure consistency, allowing you to keep your appointments even when you have to travel for work or are feeling unwell and staying home from work.